By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team
Garrett County Health Department today reported a fourth positive COVID-19 case in the county. The fourth case is a woman in her 20s who traveled outside of the area. She followed the Governor’s guidelines and has self-isolated since her return, and is currently recovering at home.
Total COVID-19 testing numbers for Garrett County residents as of Monday, April 6th, are as follows:
- 154 - specimens processed
- 4 – total positive results for Garrett County residents
- 100 - negative results for Garrett County residents
- 50 - pending tests results
- 2 – of the positive cases have recovered and have been released from isolation
- 1 – of the positive cases remains isolated at home
- 1 – of the positive cases remains hospitalized
Please note that under current procedures, local health departments are only notified of results on the individuals who reside in their county.
Interested community members can go to this link from Johns Hopkins University https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
to zoom in on the local region to see red dots indicating positive COVID-19 cases and numbers in surrounding counties.
The recommendation to wear a cloth face covering was recently added to a growing list of measures the public is asked to take to slow the spread of COVID-19. Other recommendations include:
- Stay at home
- Only go out for essential reasons
- If you go out for an essential reason, maintain 6-feet social distancing
- Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
Wearing a cloth face covering is important in locations where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as restaurants with carryout or drive-thru options, grocery stores, pharmacies, and medical settings. The CDC’s studies show that people who have no symptoms may still be COVID-19 positive and can unknowingly transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
The recommended cloth face coverings are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
For more information about covering your face, or to view a video from the U.S. Surgeon General on how to make an easy homemade mask without needing to know how to sew, visit bit.ly/covid-19-answers.
Accurate COVID-19 information is critical to the community. For the most current and accurate information about the situation, please refer to the following:
Please call 911 only for medical emergencies, not for coronavirus information or questions.